For Immediate Release
Contact: Maria Zone
Director of Communications
Archdiocese of Hartford
Hartford, Conn. – (May 21, 2018) Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will ordain six men as permanent deacons on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford. They will join over 175 active and retired-active deacons, who belong to the Permanent Diaconate of the Archdiocese of Hartford, and assist priests with their pastoral duties. The Mass will take place at 10 a.m.
The ordination will mark the 45th anniversary of the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Hartford and the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in the United States.
A permanent deacon is a man who is at least 35 years of age, and dedicates his service in the threefold ministry of the Word, of the liturgy, and of charity. A deacon may be married and raising a family, or celibate. More often than not, he will have another career outside of the Church. He has specific responsibilities in assisting the priest in the celebration of the Eucharist, and has other liturgical responsibilities including: administering the sacrament of baptism, witnessing marriages, bringing Viaticum to the dying and presiding at liturgies of the Word and Communion services in the absence of a priest. He is particularly called to exercise special works of charity and justice, particularly on behalf of the poor.
The 2018 candidates for the Permanent Diaconate come from diverse backgrounds and live in different parts of the Archdiocese. They are: 1) Mr. Albert Cala of Newington, CT; 2) Mr. Alfred Gambone, Jr. of New Milford, CT; 3) Mr. Robert Kiley of West Hartford, CT; 4) Mr. Michael Malfitano of Oakville, CT; 5) Mr. Vincent Raby of Southington, CT; and 6) Mr. John Thorpe of Southington, CT.
About the candidates:
Mr. Albert Cala – (age 53) belongs to Annunciation Parish in Newington. He has a degree in engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, and a Master’s Degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Technical College. He has been commissioned as a lay minister in liturgy and an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. He is also a lector and teaches religious education.
Mr. Alfred Gambone, Jr. – (age 63) belongs to St. Francis Xavier Parish in New Milford. He grew up in Philadelphia and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corp. He is currently a national sales manager for DSM Food Specialties.
Mr. Robert Kiley – (age 56) belongs to St. Peter Claver Parish in West Hartford. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is an attorney who represents health care providers in civil litigation. He serves as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, lector and usher. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, and an assistant Scout Master and Chaplain of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Michael Malfitano – (age 51) belongs to St. Mary Magdalen in Oakville. Originally from Southern California, Malfitano moved to Connecticut in 1987 where he met his wife. The two run a special needs dog rescue program out of their home in Watertown. He is a lay minister of Holy Communion, lector and teaches religious education to second graders.
Mr. Vincent Raby – (age 61) belongs to St. Thomas Parish in Southington. He recently retired after 38 years as an engineer. He is a cantor and leads the bereavement ministry at his parish. He is also very active in outreach programs that serve the people of southwest Uganda.
Mr. John Thorpe – (age 56) belongs to St. Dominic Parish in Southington. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Connecticut State University and an MBA from RPI in Hartford. He also earned a Master’s Degree in project management from George Washington University. He serves as a confirmation director, baptism coordinator, and is on the parish council.
Deacon formation involves the completion of academic courses and workshops over a five-year period. For more information about the diaconate program, call Fr. Aidan Donahue or Deacon Robert Pallotti at 860-242-5573.